Good morning! First, I’m so happy to announce that we have a winner in the Snap It or Bake It Contest! Congratulations to Michelle! All of us are so happy and excited for her. I’m especially thrilled because Michelle’s winning entry was her follow of Little Miss Celebration on Bloglovin. Thank you to everyone who participated and joined in the fun! There just might be another great giveaway in the very near future, so please stay tuned! Ok, on to our project!
You know how we all have those things that seem to just hang around the house – we don’t know where it came from, we hardly or never use it but we just don’t seem to get rid of it? Or is that just me? That was the case in our house with this oh-so-not-pretty tray and doing something, anything, with this was LONG overdue. I wanted to make it cute, fun and functional, and while inspired by the July 4th holiday, a piece we could use all year. Anything we bake, cook and serve from our own kitchen is proudly “Homemade in the USA!”
I have no earthly idea where this tray came from. Neither does Mr. Smarty Pants. This thing has been stuck in the bottom kitchen cabinet and truthfully, kind of in the way, for 30 years! I know, it IS pretty awful to let it go that long. The handles were corroded and the color….well, kind of an indescribably ugly orangey fake wood tone. With lots of varnish or something on top. Sigh….it was going to be a job, but I was determined to transform this thing! I wish I had remembered to take a before picture of the handles – they were pretty awful!
Off came the handles. Next, some sanding. And more sanding. I initially was going straight to the spray paint but thankfully, common sense prevailed and I used a primer first.
I don’t know if it was the spray paint, it was too hot outside or I am just better with a brush, but the spray paint was just not working! This tray was fighting hard to stay its original, ugly self. Yes, my friends, this was Extreme Makeover, Ugly Tray Edition and this one was not going to be made over without a fight! After three unsuccessful coats of spray paint, I grabbed a bottle of acrylic and a sponge brush. There. Now it’s white. Oh and a tip…do NOT spray paint in bare feet! The paint was not adhering to the tray, but it had no trouble covering my feet, thanks so a leak under the handle! Here’s the first coat of primer – already an improvement!
It would have been easier to cut letters on my Cricut, but I really wanted a bubble style letter! I printed out letters from the computer on white card stock, cut them out and Mod Podged them to 4 different red, white and blue papers, all from Joann’s. I wanted a little retro vibe to this tray, to remind me of July 4th celebrations as a child! Once the letters were dry, I cut out the paper covered letters, using an X-Acto knife for the inside of the D, A and O. All of the letters were Mod Podged to the tray, along with a few hearts and stars.
Hubby thought I should get new hardware, but if I was giving this thing an extreme make-over, that meant the whole thing, even the yucky handles! I used fine grit sandpaper on the handles; it removed almost all of the yuckiness and they came out very smooth! A few coats of rose copper Martha Stewart multi-surface paint, some acrylic sealer and hey….they don’t look half bad!
I used 5 coats of Hard Coat Mod Podge and truthfully, I just got the last coat on and dried before taking these photos! Since Hard Coat Mod Podge takes 3-4 weeks to cure, I’ll finish it with spray enamel.I popped the finished handles back on and added some red and blue ribbon. I think this will look so festive in the kitchen for the holiday and I’ll loving using this for years to come. So instead of sad, ugly tray taking up space, I now have a bright, colorful and useful piece for serving goodies from my kitchen.
I love how this turned out! What do you think? Do you have an old, ugly tray just begging for an extreme makeover lurking around in your cabinets somewhere? I hope this inspires you to give it a fun, new look! I have a few more ideas for the July 4th holiday coming up over the weekend and early next week!
Some exciting and fun news to share on Thursday, so I hope you stop by and definitely join in the fun. Of course, thanks for visiting today and hope you are having a great week!